Courtenay (British Columbia)

Courtenay is a city on the east coast of Vancouver Iceland. It is located in the province of British Columbia in Canada. It is the largest city in the Comox Valley and the administrative seat of the Comox Valley.


Courtenay existed officially since January 1, 1915. The city was named after the river Courtenay River, which in turn by George William Courtenay, captain of the HMS Constance was named, which was 1846-1849 in this area at anchor. However, the history of the area and its inhabitants goes back further. Before the arrival of the first European settlers, the area was already settlements and hunting grounds of the First Nation, primarily the K'ómoks.


Courtenay is 4 km west of Comox, 7 km north-east of Cumberland, 5 km north- west of Royston and 108 km northwest of Nanaimo. According to Canadian statistics, the city has an area of ​​around 29 square km. Through the city of Courtenay, the highway runs 19 The city is located in the northern area of the railway line from Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway.


The census in 2011 showed a population of 24,099 inhabitants for the city. The population of the municipality has thereby increased from 2006 by 9.4 % compared to the census and thus is slightly above the average for the entire province of British Columbia, where the population grew by 7.0 % at the same time. With an average age of 46.5 years, the population is older here than in the rest of the province, with 41.9 years.

At the census in 2001, around 10 % of the residents were immigrants. For immigrants, the Chinese presented by far the largest ethnic group over other groups from Asia.


Courtenay is one of School District # 71 - Comox Valley, which has its headquarters in Courtenay. In the city, there are different schools; among other things, seven elementary schools and four secondary schools as well as the North Iceland college.


The granting of local autonomy for the city took place on January 1, 1915 (incorporated as a city municipality ).

Mayor of the municipality is Larry Jangula. Together with six other citizens, it forms the city council ( council).


The main economic activities in Courtenay are the retail, tourism and the supporting industry, and education and health / social welfare. Fisheries, agriculture and forestry play only a secondary role

The average income of employees of Courtenay in 2005 was at C $ 22,662, while it was at the same time the average for the entire province of British Columbia 24 867 C $. The difference in earnings between men ( 30 975 C $ ) and women ( 16,832 C $) corresponds to the usual conditions of the province.